Named scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.

For this reason, The University of Akron is pleased for the opportunity each year to assist talented, deserving students achieve their dreams, thanks to more than 1,300 named scholarships established through the kindness and generosity of thousands of UA alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations.

Scholarships truly are the best way to ensure that today’s students persist to graduation. Scholarships allow students to enroll full time and remain focused on their studies; they also reduce drop-out rates, decrease the stress of student loans, and shorten the road to graduation.

The need for scholarships grows each year, however, as students continue to face an increased financial burden in pursuit of a college degree. In fact, 94 percent of today’s baccalaureate students borrow to pay for college – versus just 45 percent in 1993. Across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2016 was $37,172; for Ohio students, that figure was $30,239.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider a gift to the MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MOVING FORWARD scholarship campaign, which is the University's most important initiative. You may also establish a named scholarship at The University of Akron, which can be created to honor a living person, in memory of a loved one, or to contribute to the growth of an area of study.

To learn more, please contact the Department of Development at 330-972-7238

How do I apply for a scholarship?

This is not the page to apply for scholarships.

Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Canadian Friends of The University of Akron/The Elton A. and Wilma Ann Coleman Endowed Scholarship

The endowed Canadian Friends of The University of Akron/The Elton A. and  Wilma Ann Coleman Endowed Scholarship was established through a bequest from the estate of Mr. Elton A. Coleman ’51 and Mrs. Wilma Ann Coleman. Mr. Coleman graduated from The University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. The Coleman’s were transferred to Brantford, Ontario, Canada, in 1962. There, Mr. Coleman continued to work for Abex Industries. Prior to moving, Mrs. Coleman was employed by Ohio Bell. Both Mr. and Mrs. Coleman were very active in their church and community.

This scholarship is intended to assist qualified Canadian students attending The University of Akron. To qualify for assistance, students must be either Canadian citizens by birth or naturalized Canadian citizens — both to have had at least 10 years uninterrupted residence in Canada prior to any application for funds. Grants may be used for tuition, fees and books, as well as room and board, all or in part. The Office of Student Financial Aid will identify candidates and select recipients for this scholarship. Annual reports detailing the scholarship fund and its recipients will be provided to those designated in Mr. Coleman’s estate plans.

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